Callistemon viminalis is a popular evergreen shrub or small tree in landscaping. It features narrow, dark green leaves and showy, bright red bottlebrush-like flowers that bloom in spring and summer. The plant’s pendulous branches create an attractive weeping habit that makes it an excellent choice for hedges or as a specimen plant. Bottlebrush is tolerant of a range of soil types and conditions and can withstand both drought and moderate frost. This low-maintenance plant requires minimal pruning and is a great choice for attracting birds and other wildlife to your garden.
BOTTLEBRUSH ‘CAPTAIN COOK’
Height: 3-5 m
Width: 2-3 m
Aspect: Prefers full sun to partial shade.
Flowers: Produces cylindrical flowers, red spikes that appear in spring and summer.
Uses: Callistemon viminalis “Captain Cook” is a popular ornamental plant due to its attractive flowers and evergreen foliage. It is often used as a specimen tree or shrub in gardens and parks, and can also be planted as a hedge. The flowers are attractive to birds and insects, making it a great choice for wildlife gardens. In addition, the wood is sometimes used for making tools and implements, and the bark can be used to make a tea that is said to have medicinal properties.